Gas, flatulence, and bloating are embarrassing and very uncomfortable — especially when they happen all the time. At Richmond Gastroenterology Associates, with eight offices in Richmond, Colonial Heights, Chesterfield, Henrico, and Mechanicsville, Virginia, the team of dedicated digestive health experts offer conservative and advanced solutions for the conditions that lead to these issues. Book your evaluation online or call the office in your area to schedule a consultation today.
Gas, also known as flatulence, refers to air passing through the last part of your digestive tract (the anus). You can also expel gas through the upper part of your digestive tract, called belching.
It’s normal to pass gas occasionally, but if you pass gas frequently or experience bloating regularly, it’s time to see the Richmond Gastroenterology Associates team for help.
Sometimes gas can accumulate in the middle and lower parts of your digestive tract. This can cause bloating, in which your stomach feels (and sometimes even looks) quite distended.
Bloating can be uncomfortable or even painful. Passing gas or having a bowel movement may relieve bloating.
Gas and bloating have many causes, including chewing gum, smoking, and drinking carbonated beverages. Certain foods trigger gas in some people, with common examples including beans, broccoli, and some kinds of fruit.
But there’s a deeper cause in some cases, often one rooted in the gastrointestinal system. Some of the different conditions that may cause gas are:
The Richmond Gastroenterology Associates team has expertise with the many causes of gas and bloating, so if you’re experiencing these issues, a consultation is the first step to take.
The Richmond Gastroenterology Associates team evaluates your health with a medical history review, physical exam, and an evaluation of your symptoms. The caring team understands that discussing issues like gas may be difficult, but their compassionate approach puts you at ease so you can fully explain your issues and get the proper treatment.
You may need blood tests, imaging studies, or diagnostic procedures such as colonoscopy or upper endoscopy to find the underlying factors leading to your gas.
The Richmond Gastroenterology Associates team effectively treats the underlying conditions involved in your gas and bloating issues. They can also recommend strategies to minimize discomfort, such as a low FODMAP diet that avoids gas-causing foods.
You may need antispasmodics to relieve pain related to gas and bloating, and some people may need antibiotics to decrease bacteria in the small intestine.
If gas and bloating are making you uncomfortable and causing embarrassment, call the nearest Richmond Gastroenterology Associates office or click on the online booking link now.